If you’re seeking a luxury home in Phoenix, Arizona, that’s just close enough to all of the big-city amenities and action — but still has that close-knit community feeling — look no further than The Biltmore, a district that’s named for the world-renown Arizona Biltmore Resort that lies at its core.
This central Phoenix neighborhood nestles against the Camelback Corridor, a vibrant area that’s just a few miles north of downtown and the heart of the city’s business district. Lined with upscale restaurants, boutique shopping and exclusive entertainment venues, the Biltmore has attracted discriminating visitors and residents alike since the Arizona Biltmore Resort opened its doors in 1929.
In fact, many credit the Biltmore with Arizona’s development and current status as a major tourist destination. Often referred to as the “The Jewel in the Desert,” the original Biltmore resort’s design was created by a protégé of renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright’s influence can still be seen today in the hand-sculpted Biltmore Blocks used to create the Arizona Biltmore’s structures; they’re made from native desert sand and boast a number of geometric patterns reminiscent of local palm trees.
Famous guests over the years include Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, musical stars such as Frank Sinatra and Irving Berlin, and dignitaries such as President Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Today, the Biltmore, now a member of the upscale Waldorf-Astoria Collection, is still a popular tourist destination for the influential and the affluent — recent guests include George Clooney, Sarah Palin and Whoopi Goldberg — but it’s also a highly sought-after residential neighborhood.
Whether you’re seeking to buy or sell a luxurious townhome, a golf course property in a gated community, a Spanish Colonial Revival home from the 1930s, or a sprawling family estate, The Biltmore real estate market can provide it. This desirable district is characterized by its luxurious Biltmore properties, featuring design elements such as tile and adobe construction, private pools, detached guest houses and well-manicured landscapes and courtyards.
Golf enthusiasts can get close to The Biltmore’s 36 holes on the challenging Links course and the classic Adobe course. Both golf courses were constructed in the 1920s and underwent major renovations in recent years, with play features that take advantage of the courses’ natural setting in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert.
Master-planned communities adjacent to the Biltmore’s courses include Biltmore Shores and the Arizona Biltmore estates, both of which feature proximity to world-class amenities, including tennis courts, spas, dining and shopping. Speaking of shopping, the Biltmore Fashion Park provides residents with easy access to high-end retailers, with shops like Cartier, Stuart Weitzman and Saks 5th Avenue lining its open-air corridors. For even more shopping, Scottsdale’s Fashion Square is just a short drive – or shuttle ride – away; here you’ll find top department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, as well as a wide range of eclectic boutiques.
Biltmore properties also take full advantage of Phoenix’s incredible weather. In fact, with more than 300 sunny days each year and an average annual temperature that’s a just-perfect 72 degrees, Biltmore lifestyles revolve around the outdoors. Whether you prefer a luxurious condo with mountain views or a family home with a large backyard complete with pool, spa and an Arizona room, you’ll find it in the Biltmore. The neighborhood’s proximity to Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Dreamy Draw, and the Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area equal stunning mountain views – and hiking, biking and equestrian trails that are just a short drive away.
Biltmore properties aren’t just close to outdoor recreation, however; the district also offers easy access to the exciting nightlife, live entertainment, and five-star dining venues in downtown Phoenix and nearby Scottsdale. Art enthusiasts can browse both city’s galleries and museums. Sports fans won’t want to miss a single one of the local major league sports teams’ home games, whether its football, hockey, baseball, or basketball season.
For a combination of historical interest and timeless style, luxurious amenities and proximity to all the city of Phoenix has to offer, The Biltmore area simply can’t be beat. If you’re interested in buying or selling in this vibrant, historical neighborhood, Phoenix real estate agent Tucker Blalock can help you navigate all Biltmore real estate.